Ron and I watched from the deck as we approached the port. The island had a rocky mountain nearly 2000 ft. high on it's western end, towering high above the city.
|Approaching Sicily. That is Mt. Pellegrino next to the city of Palermo|
|Ron watching from the deck of our ship as we came into Palermo|
|The Port of Palermo with Mt. Pellegrino in the background|
|Our ship after we docked at Palermo|
By 9:45AM, we were docked in the port of Palermo. Ron had wanted to find an outdoor cafe table downtown to just relax and watch people. However, we opted for a 3 hour excursion of Panoramic Palermo to get an overview of the city and area. We did get to see a lot in those three hours...
|...and marvelous little squares beside ancient stone walls|
|...and flea markets...|
|...attractive old apartment buildings|
|...and churches transformed from mosques and minarets|
|...more second-hand markets with a tradition stemming from Arabic souks that once flourished here|
|The architecture reflected the numerous civilizations who have lived here: Byzantine, Roman, Norman, Arab....|
|I loved the look of this little hat shop|
|The famous Opera House Teatro Massimo|
|Outside of the Teatro Massimo where the final scene of The Godfather III was filmed|
|The steps of Teatro Massimo|
|Driving up Mt. Pellegrino (lots of smoke to the east where Mt. Etna is erupting)|
|Saint Rosalia, the Patron Saint of Palermo|
|A view from the summit of Mt. Pellegrino|
|Looking down to Mondello, a beachside community of Palermo|
|Gelato on Brioche|
|The temperature was a balmy 82 degrees (F)|
We got back to the port at about 1:30PM and boarded our ship. We departed at 5:35PM for our next port of call: Olbia on the island of Sardinia (172 nautical miles to the northwest). This was to be an alternate port after Tunis in North Africa was cancelled. We were at sea for the next day and would not arrive in Sardinia until October 29th.